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Westminster hosts "Why you need Grid & How do to it!" Workshop

The UK's Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) co-hosts Distributed Computing Workshop with EGEE's Business Forum. The Workshop, taking place on 21 May 2008 in London, UK, brings together an expert panel offering insight into how open source distributed computing is being applied in industry & scientific research. The event is aimed at connecting scientists funded by STFC and EGEE, with companies and players from other research councils for a hands-on discussion about opportunities for knowledge transfer and collaborative development.

EGEE has embarked on a strategic process to target businesses and especially SMEs & start-ups as the main beneficiaries of Grid adoption. The Workshop will showcase how EGEE is actively promoting partnerships with companies through the Business Associate programme to provide services offered to user communities on the EGEE infrastructure and to leverage technology transfer to other installations.

The workshop agenda offers a morning plenary session and two afternoon parallel sessions on Grid in finance and energy & Grid in Life Sciences and Healthcare.
The Expert Panel also includes John Barr, the 451 Group and Ian Osborne, Grid Computing Now!

Workshop Key Features:

Support schemes the UK Government offers to innovative companies interested in distributed computing technologies through Grid Computing Now! Knowledge Transfer Network and STFC Knowledge Exchange Service.

Large e-Science infrastructures, their capabilities and offerings for companies and scientists, with presentations from EGEE (Dr Robert Jones), GridPP and Daresbury Lab, as well as EGEE Collaborating Project, EU-IndiaGrid, and Imperial College.

How entrepreneurs and small companies could benefit from the Grid and how they can do it, with presentations from EGEE Business Associate (EBA), Excelian, along with Constellation Technologies, and Econophysica.

How large companies achieve their business objectives using distributed computing, with talks from Credit Suisse, Total UK, and Philips Research. EBA, Avanade, is presenting a case study on Cloud Computing adoption in EU banking.

How challenges in the public sector could be solved using distributed computing with a presentation from the Department for Transport.

Workshop Proceedings will be jointly published by EGEE & STFC.

Participation is free and open to all interested parties. Registration:

The Workshop is organised by the STFC, Knowledge Exchange Service & STFC IT Special Interest Group Event and co-hosted with EGEE Business Day.

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